Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera
Tamanuitera

This is all packaged together in our new signature case.

Tamanuitera

5200

Maui and his brothers were continually frustrated that there was never enough sunlight during the day to get their work done. No matter how early they got up, Tamanuitera (the sun) would move swiftly across the sky and always set before they were finished the day's tasks.

One day Maui announced he would capture Tamanuitera and force him to stay in the sky longer so they could enjoy extra daylight. So he got all the women in the tribe to gather and weave flax into strong ropes. He then set off to the east equipped with the rope and a magic axe made from the jawbone of his grandfather to find Tamanuitera lair.

When Maui found Tamanuitera he threw the net over him and a great battle ensued. Maui then beat Tamanuitera into submission with his magic axe and the Tamanuitera promised to stay up longer.

From that moment onwards Tamanuitera rose and moved slowly across the sky giving us more time during the day to get our work done and enjoy some leisure time in the evenings.

Ā 

The timepieceĀ features eight 1.5mm black diamonds on the sides of the case and 18 carat rose gold wire inlays. The gold inlays are mechanically held in place by cutting a channel in the metal, creating a dovetail at the bottom of the cavity and hammering the gold into place. The hammering action spreads the gold into the dovetail which holds it in position.

Movement: 9015 Miyota with hacking seconds
Case diameter: 42mm excluding the crown
Case finish: 316L Stainless Steel (polished top and brushed sides with bead blasted back)
Crown: Screw down crown.
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.
Dial and hands: Super Luminova C3
Case Back: See-through (sapphire) case back , DLC with anti finger-print coating
Water-resistance: 200m/20ATM Water resistance
Strap: Leather black strap with red stitching, remborde edge, Lorica lining

Features:

  • Automatic winding and hand winding
  • 28.800 BPH
  • 24 Jewels
  • Hour, minute and sweeping second hands
  • Second stop mode (hacking function) when setting time
  • Shock absorber for balance staff
  • Running time of more than 42 hours when fully wound
Limited Edition: 10 pieces

Engraved Timepieces

Like all artistic endeavours, the subject matter is open to artistic interpretation by the artist creating the design. This was true of ancient cultures as it is today.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that today we have far more research material and a wider sphere of influence to call upon than the ancients did. But both share the same common theme that has been carried on for a millennia of artisans of all cultures, and that is to create objects of outstanding beauty that can have practical and/or spiritual meaning to the society they live in.

Hand engraving is a highly refined and skilled art that has changed little in the last few centuries. The artisan cuts lines in the metal using small, sharp, steel hand tools called 'gravers' that are forced along by hand or a slight hammering action. To do this the engraver must develop an affinity with the metal they are working on whether it be steel, copper, brass or precious metals like silver and gold.

Today's engravers have the benefit of better magnification like microscopes so the work can be incredibly fine. They also have better steel gravers as some of the metals to be engraved like stainless steel are extremely tough to cut through.

First the design is roughly drawn out with pencil and paper and increasingly refined until the final design is reached. After that it can be drawn straight to the metal or transferred by various means to the item to be engraved. The main lines are then cut into the surface.

For more high end and sophisticated work, the background is then relived which involves the cutting away of the background to below the surface level. The background is then textured in some way to make a contrast between the surface design and the background. This texturing is an integral part of the overall design of the engraving and has to be balanced in harmony with the overall design. Too much background dominates and too little will overcrowd the work.

Finally the shading, or detail cuts are made. These tend to be lighter than the main cuts and add shadows and contrast to the overall design. It is at this stage that the personality of the work shines through. Quite often the engraver will just make it up as they go along and it is only then that they get to see the real beauty of the metal and design that lies within the engraver's imagination.

Read about ourĀ engraver, Andrew Biggs.

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